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Vegetable burgers are like hamburgers or chicken burgers, but the patty does not contain meat. The patty of a vegetable burger usually made from vegetables, textured vegetable protein, beans, tofu, mushrooms, seeds and nuts. Here is a simple vegetable recipe, which is made of lentil, potato, yogurt and spices.

Ingredients:

  • Low-fat plain yogurt – 1/2 cup (130g)
  • Lemon juice – 1/4 cup (60ml)
  • Tahini – 2 tbsp.
  • Cold mashed potato – 1 cup
  • Canned brown lentils (rinsed and drained) – 400g
  • Mild Indian curry paste – 1 tbsp.
  • Spring onions (thinly sliced) – 4
  • Egg – 1
  • Dry bread crumbs – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Whole-meal buns – 4
  • Tomato – 4 slices
  • Salt – to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • Snow pea shoots – to garnish

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Procedure:

  • Place the low-fat plain yogurt, tahini and lemon juice in a small bowl to make the dressing. Stir them well to combine. Season it with freshly ground pepper and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, place the mashed potato, spring onion, lentils, egg, curry paste and breadcrumbs and mix together using your hands. Season with freshly ground pepper and salt.
  • Separate this lentil mixture into four patties. You can use additional bread crumbs to get the perfect shape of the patties.
  • Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add vegetable oil. Place the patties into the pan and fry for about 3 to 5 minutes or until golden.
  • Place these patties into the whole-meal buns along with yoghurt dressing, tomato slices and snow pea shoots.

You can freeze these patties for long-term storage by wrapping with a plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminium foil. The plastic wrap will help to prevent freezer burn and the aluminium foil will help to keep odors from seeping into the patties.

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